AACN News—March 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 3, MARCH 2000


NTI Sessions Geared to Chapter Needs

Do you want to hear about strategies that have been successful for other chapters? Do you want to learn how to use the Internet to maximize your chapter’s resources and reach prospective members in your area?

AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute,™ scheduled for May 20 through 25 , 2000, in Orlando, Fla., is the place to find answers to these and other needs.

For example, “Chapters Communicating on the World Wide Web,” is the topic that will be discussed presented by Renaldo R. Rivera, RN, MA, EdM, CCRN, CNAA, ANP, to help chapters take advantage of valuable online resources to share ideas and obtain information. Rivera is president of the New York City Chapter of AACN and a member of the AACN Online Advisory Team. The chapter Internet presentation is scheduled for the Internet Communications Unit in the Self-Study Pavilion.

Three concurrent educational sessions that are of special interest to chapter leaders are also scheduled.
“Fashion Your Life With Passion” will be presented by Cheryl Barrett, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN. “Reaching for the Stars: Chapter Strategies for Success” will be presented by Rebecca Long, RN, MS, and Judy Davidson, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, past president and president, respectively, of the San Diego Area Chapter of AACN. “Rediscovering the Wow: Re-energizing Your Chapter” will be presented by Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, past president of AACN. Each of these sessions will be repeated once.

In addition, two special, hands-on noon-hour sessions—“Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Members” and “A Survival Kit for Chapters”—are also planned and Public Policy Advisory Team (PPAT) representatives will present a public policy session that is geared to chapter involvement.

Chapter members will also have the opportunity to discuss ideas and concerns with Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) and Public Policy Advisory Team members, as well as representatives of the AACN National Office, who will be available in the AACN Resource Center throughout the NTI.

The annual Network Night, sponsored by GE Marquette Medical Systems, Mallinckrodt Inc. and Cross Country Staffing/
TravCorps, is another highlighted activity for chapters. Dessert and coffee will be served.

Always a highlight of the NTI is the Chapter Presidents Luncheon, at which chapter presidents are guests.

Chapter activities will kick off with a Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, which is scheduled as an NTI preconference session. Participants were nominated by their chapters to attend.

To find out more about the NTI or for registration information, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the NTI Web site.

Special Offer for Chapters

4-for-3 NTI Registration

Save $375!

Send 4 chapter members
to the NTI, May 20-25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.,
for the price of 3.

Offer ends April 11, 2000. Call (800) 899-AACN (2226).

Apply for President’s Award by April 1, 2000

April 1, 2000, is the deadline to submit applications for the President’s Award for chapters, which is part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence recognition program.

The chapter or chapters whose activities best exemplify “Pioneering in a World of Innovation,” the presidential-year theme of AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, will receive up to $4,000. This award considers activities carried out during the period from July 1, 1999, to April 1, 2000.

To request an award application or for more information, call (800) 899-AACN (2226); e-mail, aacninfo@aacn.org, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

What's on Tap

Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing Trends
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN and MCP Hahnemann University will present “Trends in Trauma Nursing & Cardiovascular Nursing” April 2 through 5, 2000, in Philadelphia, Pa. For further information, contact the chapter office at (610) 658-7266.

Symposium in Minneapolis
The Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter of AACN will sponsor its Spring 2000 Symposium on April 3 and 4, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minn. Topics include acute coronary syndromes and care of the transplant patient. A two-day CCRN review will also be offered. For more information, contact Darlene Bjorklund at (612) 285-8318; e-mail, dbjork@netscape.net.

20th Anniversary Symposium
The Greater Austin Area Chapter of AACN will sponsor its 20th anniversary Spring Symposium on April 4, 2000, in Austin, Tex. For more information, contact Mary Ann Whicker at (512) 282-4668; e-mail mwhicker@austin.rr.com.

Enhancing Your Skills
The Southeast Missouri Chapter of AACN will present “Enhancing Your Critical Care Skills” on April 5, 2000, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. For more information, contact Monica Kleffner-Pfau at (573) 331-5157; fax, (573) 331-5023.

Horizons 2000
Region 1 AACN chapters will host the “Horizons 2000” critical care symposium April 5 through 7, 2000, in Boston, Mass. The host chapters are Central Massachusetts, Greater Berkshire, Greater Boston, Heart of Vermont, Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire Seacoast, Northern Connecticut, Ocean State, Pioneer Valley, Southern Central Connecticut, Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, Vermont Green Mountain and Western Connecticut. For more information, visit the “Events and Links” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org. Click on “Get Plugged into Upcoming AACN Programs.”

Complex Concepts
The Fox River Valley Chapter of AACN will present “Complex Concepts in Critical Care” on April 7, 2000, in Appleton, Wis. For more information contact Diane Schraufnagel at (920) 722-0913; fax, (920) 738-8059.

Precepting With Pride
The San Diego Chapter of AACN will present “Precepting with Pride” on April 11, 2000, and “Contemporary Topics” on April 14, 2000, in San Diego, Calif. Registration information can be mailed to AACN, 6625 Murray Park Dr., San Diego, CA 92120.

Options in Critical Care Nursing
The Northern New Jersey Chapter of AACN will present “Options in Critical Care Nursing 2000” on April 12 and 13, 2000, in Clifton, N.J. For more information, contact Janice Wojcik at (973) 754-3423; e-mail, janice.wojcik@gte.net.

Professional Practice Workshops
The Middle Tennesse Chapter of AACN is cosponsoring with Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., workshops on “Professional Practice Issues for the New Millennium.” The workshops are April 14, 2000, on “Clinical Ethics” and May 5, 2000, on “Outcomes Evaluation: A Practical Approach.” For more information, contact Vee Rice at (615) 898-5340; e-mail, vrice@mtsu.edu.

Critical Connections
The Chicago West-Suburban Chapter of AACN will present the “Critical Connections III Symposium” on April 15, 2000, in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For information, contact Marian Pezdek at (708) 352-3614 or Linda Morris at (630) 856-5199; e-mail, LMorris@AHSS.org.

Dimensions in Cardiac Care
The Lake Erie Chapter of AACN will meet in conjunction with the 20th annual Dimensions in Cardiac Care Nursing Symposium, which will be presented by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Division of Nursing April 16 through 18, 2000, in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information or to obtain a symposium brochure, contact the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Continuing Education at (216) 444-5696 or (800) 762-8173; fax, (216) 445-9406.

Dementia vs. Delirium
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN will present “Dementia vs. Delirium in the ICU” on April 19, 2000, in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information contact Jody Gunther at jlg3@gte.net.

Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing
The New York City Chapter of AACN will present “Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing 2000” on April 27, 2000, at the Marriott World Trade Center, New York City, N.Y. For additional information, call (212) 620-1900; e-mail, info@nycaacn.org. Registration is available online at http://www.nycaacn.org.

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